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Stanley Johnson has just one-upped his torrid summer of a year ago. The Detroit Pistons’ third-year forward dropped 86 points Friday night at the OVO.
Stanley Johnson had a great summer in 2016. He was dominant for the Detroit Pistons Summer League squad in Orlando in spite of working with a reconfigured jumper and coaching edicts restricting his ability to rely upon his strengths. He had his way at the Drew League, and his finest moment of the summer might have come in Drake’s OVO tournament, when he hit the game-winning three in the championship game, lifting Ball Is Life over Team CIO.
Johnson took his 2016 OVO performance and one-upped it to a massive degree. Friday night in the 2017 OVO championship game in Toronto, he dropped a ridiculous 86 points, once again leaving Team CIO with nightmares to last until next year.
We can question the level of competition, but according to former Detroit Pistons’ guard Brandon Jennings, there were no less than five NBA players between the two teams.
Most of the footage that may surface from this performance will likely be from cell phone footage, but below is a good clip of Johnson bullying his way to the rim for an And-1.
Johnson’s Ball Is Life squad trailed by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter, and 16 of his 86 points came in the final 20 seconds of the fourth and overtime as they made a furious late rally.
After Johnson’s ridiculous display, he was trending on Twitter and plenty of NBA players (and Black Tray!) weighed in on his performance.
Last summer’s standout performances didn’t translate to a great season for Stanley Johnson, but this is another year, with different personnel, and he’s actually going to be playing his natural position. Don’t get too excited, but be prepared to be impressed by the 21-year-old this year.